Board of Directors

David Esquibel – Workforce Development Specialist Crafts & Operations, Shell Oil Company

David Esquibel - Chair/Chief Executive OfficerDavid is a member of Shell’s Workforce Community Strategic Initiative Team. He is responsible for Shell’s Associate & Technical Scholarship, Dual Credit and 2-year STEM career programs and manages more than 20 community colleges across the US. The management and execution of these programs strengthen Shell’s technical talent pipeline in Process Technology, Instrumentation and Maintenance Crafts. He is also responsible for developing workforce strategies for Shell’s Up and Downstream Businesses and additional responsibilities include, involvement in strategic external associations such as NAPTA, grant funding and program development to help attract females, military and pre-college students to the oil & gas and petrochemical industry.

David King – Workforce Development Manager, INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA

David W. T. King - DirectorAfter graduating from Queens’ University in Chemical Engineering, David has worked in various Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Leadership roles during his career including as the Site Manager for the 2.5 billion pound per year INEOS polyolefins complex in LaPorte, Texas. Prior to his current role in Strategic Workforce Development, David was the President of the INEOS Ethanol from Waste JV in Florida and also served as the COO for the former INEOS biodiesel Joint Venture. In his present role, David is active on the Advisory Panels for several regional Community Colleges and High Schools and local Industry Associations, with a focus on initiatives to fill the industry pipeline with good candidates for rewarding careers in the petrochemical industry.

Eric Newby – President/Executive Director, NAPTA

Eric Newby - President/Executive DirectorAs President and Executive Director of the North American Process Technology Alliance, NAPTA, Eric brings 35 years of Oil and Chemical Industry experience, working in a variety of positions ranging from Oilwell Services to Olefins Production Operations, and from Shift Supervisor to Learning & Development Coordinator. After serving as President of the alliance for eight years Eric retired from BASF Corporation in 2015 and took on the full-time role of leading the NAPTA in its mission to advance the Process Technology (PTEC) education and career through partnerships between industry, education, and related organizations.

Glenn Johnson – Manufacturing Workforce Development Leader, BASF

Glenn Johnson - Treasurer/Chief Financial OfficerWith 20+ years of experience within Manufacturing Leadership and Organizational Development roles in Oil, Gas, and Chemical operations; Glenn began as a Plant Operator.  Today he is the Workforce Development Leader for BASF. Glenn is a published author in the Journal of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, and has contributed content to 5 Process Technology text books used in 90 colleges across the United States.  He has a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a certified Instructional Facilitator and Designer.  Glenn is; President of the Southeast Texas Education Foundation; CFO and Board Officer of the North American Process Technology Alliance; and Industry Representative for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Steve Backman – President (Retired), Remington College-Baton Rouge

Stephen M. Backman - DirectorSteve is originally from New York City but is now a displaced “damned Yankee.” He joined the Air Force after graduating from college and spent the first half of his 26-year career as a navigator and bombardier flying B-52D, F, G, and H model versions, and later as a navigation and bombing instructor in the T-43A aircraft. He flew 34 B-52 combat missions in support of operations in Southeast Asia. Steve retired as a Lt. Col. In 1995 and began a career in education as an Academic Dean and later as President of Colleges in Utah, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in New York, and masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and The U.S. Air Force Air War College in Montgomery, AL. Steve is currently the president of SMB Enterprises.  Steve and Avy have three children, Robert, Corey, and Zach. He is also the proud grandparent of Ava, Del, and Emma.

Madonna Adams - Director, Center for Business/Industry Training, Brazosport College

Dr. Adams is a Louisiana native who has called Texas home for the last 8 years. She is currently serving as the Director of the Center formadonna adams 1Business/Industry Training (CBIT) at Brazosport College, where she is responsible for establishing corporate partnerships within the Gulf Coast area, initiating and finalizing business agreements, driving strategic learning initiatives, and leading a team of training professionals.  Dr. Adams has written and managed grants from various funding streams, including US Department of Education, US Department of Labor and Texas Workforce Commission throughout her 18 year career in the education and training field.  Prior to coming to Brazosport College, she taught and managed educational initiatives and programs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, The University of Phoenix, and NASA Johnson Space Center through San Jacinto College.    

Dr. Adams has earned a Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in Public Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Human Capital Development.

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Sarah Janes - Associate Vice Chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development, San Jacinto College

Dr. Janes is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) at San Jacinto College.  In this position, she provides oversight of the Division of Corporate Training and the Division of Community Education for the college district.    Prior to becoming Associate Vice Chancellor, she served as Dean of Instruction and Academic Dean at San Jacinto College North Campus. She has written and directed grants over the past 20 years with funding from a variety of sources, including the US Department of Labor, US Department of Education, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  She has over 25 years of experience at the community college level and eighteen years in public education.  Under her leadership, San Jacinto College has established the first maritime program in a community college in Texas. Dr. Janes serves on the Houston Galveston Area Council – Workforce Board representing Education; and on the Port Houston Application Review Committee for the Houston Pilots.  She has served on various state committees including the Texas Common Course Numbering System Board and the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.

Dr. Janes received her baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education, Recreation, Health and Physical Education from Louisiana State University.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in mathematics from that same institution.  Dr. Janes earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Scott Krejci – Superintendent of Technical Training, Valero

Scott Krejci - DirectorScott has a wide range of experience gained in over 27 years of combined military and refinery business. His active duty work consisted of small boat and ship operations, safety & operational investigations, human resources, operations & management training, and organizational development. At Valero, he currently has oversight of training related to technical work, regulatory, behavior-based, and supervisory development. Scott works with 600 employees to ensure training needs are met along with continuous budgeting and strategic planning.